Manston Airport is a unique and important transport infrastructure asset in the UK. An illustrious history as a Battle of Britain airfield and, with the right commercial appetite, investment and operation, a promising future as a vibrant hub for international airfreight - one which delivers economic prosperity and employment across Kent and protects a strategic aviation resource for the nation.
The air freight market is ripe for an alternative to the overcrowded London airports system. Manston’s accessibility, long runway and community support represent the strongest option available to Government to increase runway capacity in the south east for air freight. Our analysis also tells us that Manston enjoys considerable support among airlines and freight forwarders too. A revived Manston Airport will provide air freight operators with a realistic alternative to the overcrowded London airports, ease the considerable road congestion caused by lorries carrying freight through the channel tunnel to European airports, improve resilience and boost economic growth and jobs in Kent. Our plans seek also to attract passenger services and business aviation too, providing the people of Kent with an international airport once more.
Given the scale of our proposed redevelopment of Manston Airport, the plans are submitted for consideration as a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ as defined by the Planning Act 2008. This means that RSP will make an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to be granted by the Secretary of State for Transport.
An important part of the DCO process is to consult widely with all interested stakeholders. In July 2016, RiverOak Investments, as we were then known, conducted a non-statutory consultation into our proposals for Manston, with six events held in the local community and feedback forms available both online and in printed form.
You can read our pre-application summary document by clicking here.
More than 800 responses to the consultation were received, with 90% of local people supporting our proposals. All of the feedback and questions received during the non-statutory consultation has been being factored into the development of our detailed proposals for Manston, which will be published for formal, statutory consultation, along with the preliminary environmental information (PEI) report, in May 2017.
This is a chance to revive Manston Airport for future generations and we would like to hear as many views from the local and regional community as possible.
We have demonstrated our commitment to reviving Manston as a hub for international air freight which also offers passenger, executive travel and aircraft engineering services, across almost three years of campaigning and it has never wavered.The time has almost come to set out our case to Government. Can we count on your support?